I have been doing a lot of thinking lately as well as watching a lot of footage of my peers; Jordyn Wieber, Alicia Sacramone, Chelsie Memmel, Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin. As I watched and rewatched the World Championship I need to keep asking myself do I have what it takes. Do I have what it takes to keep training every day to have the chance to go to the Olympics in 2016. Does my body have the ability to withstand the grueling training schedule and the ability to get to the flexibility in my back and splits that I need to do the skills. It is such a journey ahead that occasionally I must stop and pause.
When I look back, I realize how far I have come. It has been almost three years since I started training. Back then I could not even do a back handspring and had not touched bars since I was a junior elite. It has been incredible to make that commitment to train for the Olympics. I have watched my back change and open, my shoulders open up, my whole body keeps changing.
I normally train seven days a week and have a day off once a week. This week my body was really feeling it and I had not had much chance to work with my back flexibility. I was stiff and store and my legs were very sore from lots of deep squats from doing front tucks. I decided not to train yesterday and to have a day off and have lots of sleep. As a result I could not wait to train again this morning. I finally went down there this morning and although my back was not in its best form I was able to do some series of back walkovers (10) and handstands. I has 5 personal bests this morning. My theory is while I stay committed and keep training I will be able to reach my dreams. I believe that by the end of next year I will be doing Back handsprings on the beam and will have completed Level 7 and well into level 8 with pirouette handstands on the bars.
I feel so blessed and pray in thanks each day. I will keep training. Setting goals and working towards them and see where it takes me. Loving Life. Go Heroes!!